Bullous pemphigoid : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Definition

Bullous pemphigoid is a skin disorder characterized by large blisters.

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

The cause is not known, but may be related to immune system disorders.

Bullous pemphigoid usually occurs in elderly persons and is rare in young people. Symptoms come and go. In most patients, the condition goes away within 6 years.

Pictures & Images

Bullous pemphigoid, close-up of tense blisters

Bullous pemphigoid is a blistering skin condition that most often affects the elderly. This is a close-up picture of the typical blisters. Large blisters, like these, are called bullae.


Review Date : 10/13/2006
Reviewed By : Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Associate, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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